Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer
Win Nobel Prize for Experimental Research Methods
that Transformed Development Economics

              Abhijit Banerjee                     Esther Duflo                     Michael Kremer

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of MIT, and Michael Kremer of Harvard University, all of whom are long-serving NBER research associates, were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. The prize recognizes their contributions to development economics and the study of global poverty, in particular their championing of randomized controlled trials as methodologies for analyzing how a wide range of policy interventions – in health, education, credit markets, and local governance, among others – can contribute to poverty alleviation.
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22 October 2019

Founder Choices and Venture Capital Investment

Firms that register in Delaware or obtain intellectual property such as a patent or trademark are far more likely to realize significant equity growth, and these active founder choices also predict early-stage venture capital investment,Christian Catalini, Jorge Guzman, and Scott Stern find.

21 October 2019

Fighting HIV with MTV

Youth in urban Nigeria who were exposed to MTV Shuga, a series aimed at providing information and changing attitudes and behaviors related to HIV/AIDS, improved in knowledge and attitudes towards HIV and risky sexual behavior, Abhijit Banerjee, Eliana La Ferrara, and Victor H. Orozco-Olvera find.

18 October 2019

Impacts of Physician Payments on Patient Access

Closing the gap in payments between Medicaid and private insurers would reduce disparities in access to health care among adults by more than two-thirds and would eliminate disparities among children, according to research by Diane Alexander and Molly Schnell.
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Locating the Poorest, Assembling Better Data
Are Foci of Master Lectures in Development

                    Ben Olken

                    Andrew Foster
NBER Research Associates Benjamin A. Olken (left) of MIT and Andrew Foster of Brown University delivered master lectures in development at the 2019 NBER Summer Institute. Videos of their full presentations and accompanying slides are available for viewing and downloading on the Development Economics Program page.

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FinTech May Play an Important Role in Reducing
Racial Discrimination in the Home Mortgage Market

In-person lenders reject minority applicants for home mortgages about 6 percent more often than they reject otherwise-comparable, non-minority applicants, while algorithmic lenders show no such difference in loan rejection decisions, according to an analysis featured in the October edition of the free, monthly NBER Digest. Also featured in the current issue are studies analyzing the influence of monetary policy on consumer spending, gauging the impact of Brexit uncertainty on the British economy, evaluating unconventional monetary policies after the Great Recession, and seeking optimal timing for texting parenting tips, and measuring the long-term impact of a gas price shock.
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Bulletin on Retirement and Disability

2019 Retirement and Disability Research Consortium
Meeting Convened August 1-2 in Washington, DC.

The Social Security Administration convened its 2019 Retirement and Disability Research Consortium Meeting August 1-2 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. A summary of this year's conference can be found in the latest issue of the Bulletin on Retirement and Disability. Also in this issue of the free Bulletin on Retirement and Disability, are summaries of research on the effects of Medicaid privatization in Texas, how state Medigap requirements affect the health of SSDI beneficiaries, and a panel discussion on the economic determinants of fertility decisions held this past July at the NBER Summer Institute's Social Security meeting.
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Feldstein Lecturer Katherine Baicker
Advocates Evidence-Based Health Care Policy

In the 11th Annual Martin S. Feldstein Lecture, delivered at the 2019 NBER Summer Institute, Katherine Baicker, the dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy, emphasized the need to define goals clearly and analyze evidence effectively in making health care policy. An edited version of the lecture is featured in the new NBER Reporter. Also in this issue of the free quarterly are reports on how people get and use information, quantitative approaches to violence, synthesizing data on the US economy, and long-term unemployment.

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